Tierpark Bern promotes beetles and shrews

The extensive area in the Dählholzliwald and on the Aare is not only home to animals that live in the facilities, it was said at a media conference on site. Rather, it is also a habitat for numerous native species. The potential to get involved in this area is correspondingly large.

An example of this is the recently launched Beetle project. The focus is on stag beetles and rhinoceros beetles. Both were native to Bern a long time ago, but have not been sighted for decades. They should now find a habitat again in the Aare region.

The second major project deals with small mammal species such as mice, shrews and dormouse. They are not about breeding and reintroduction like the beetles. But many small mammals are threatened with extinction, which is why Tierpark Bern wants to enhance existing habitats and create new ones.

Habitat for “onlookers”

In general, the zoo wants to create more structures and living space for its “onlookers”. Many wild animals live on the site, such as bats, lizards, grass snakes, common frogs and a variety of different birds.

“These species also deserve our attention,” said Cornelia Mainini, head of the Education and Experiences section. In the spring, 40 nesting boxes for birds and various bat and bird boxes were hung up, which were quickly confiscated.

New ponds were created on the banks of the Aare, which have already been inhabited by newts, frogs and toads. New flower meadows for insects and hedges for small mammals and birds are also planned in and between the facilities.